December 2022

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UHS December Calendar

  • 12/1: Drop-in Nutrition Counseling (virtual)
  • 12/1: Spring 2023 SHIP Waiver Period Opens
  • 12/2: Destress Fest at the Student Union Game Zone (1st Floor) from 2-8 pm.
  • 12/5 - 12/9: RRR Week at UC Berkeley
  • 12/6Flu Vaccine and COVID Booster Clinic at UHS
  • 12/6 - 12/7: Join the Exercise is Medicine team for a study stretch break with snacks at Moffitt Library on Dec 6 and 7 from 1 - 4 pm.
  • 12/9: Drop-in Nutrition Counseling (virtual)
  • 12/10: Last weekend UHS Urgent Care is Open
  • 12/12 - 12/16: Finals Week at UC Berkeley
  • 12/17: UHS Closed
  • 12/19 - 12/22: UHS In-Person Reduced Hours (9 am - 4 pm)
  • 12/23 - 1/2: UHS Closed
  • 1/3 - 1/14: UHS In-Person Reduced Hours (9 am - 4 pm)
  • 1/16: UHS CLOSED: Academic and Administrative Holiday (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)
  • 1/17: UHS Full Services Begin for the spring 2023 semester

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End of Year Closure Dates & Reminders

UHS will be closed for winter break from December 23 - December 31 and will reopen on Monday, January 3. The last weekend Urgent Care at UHS will be available is December 10. For care when UHS is closed, please visit the After Hours Assistance webpage.

Before the end-of-year closure, remember to:

  • Schedule any needed medical appointments.
  • Order and pick up refill prescriptions (UHS Pharmacy closed Dec 23 - Jan 2). Prescriptions must be filled and picked up by Dec 22 at pm.
  • Request any health records or needed paperwork.
  • If you are graduating, eligibility to use SHIP ends on December 31, 2021. Review insurance after graduation.

Please note: If you need COVID testing for travel purposes, UHS is not equipped to do a 24-hour test turnaround and provide the necessary documentation. Please review this webpage for additional places you can get this type of COVID testing and plan ahead.

The Spring 2023 SHIP Waiver Period Is Now Open

Waiver Periods & Deadline

  • Waiver Period without a Fee: December 1, 2022, to January 1, 2023.
  • Waiver Period with a $75 Fee: January 2, 2023, to January 15, 2023.
  • Waiver applications will not be accepted after January 15, 2023.

If you submitted a waiver for fall 2022, you do not need to submit a new waiver for spring.

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RRR Week - Stress Management & Studying Techniques

Stress Management: Stop-Breathe-Reflect-Choose

The next time you encounter a stressful situation, try these steps:

  1. Stop what you are doing and the continuous flow of negative thoughts for a few seconds.
  2. Breathe deeply, feeling your abdomen rise and fall, releasing any tension as you exhale.
  3. Reflect on what is going on. Is this truly a crisis? If so, will worrying and becoming tense help to solve it? Will this matter as much in a few weeks? Can you do anything productive to make this better? Ask yourself rational questions and listen to your rational answers.
  4. Choose how you are going to react in a positive manner - a choice that serves you. Realize that you have the power to choose your actions in the face of stress.

Studying Methody: Pomodoro Technique

Looking to send your study productivity soaring? Look no further than the Pomodoro Study Method, the wildly popular time-management technique that will help you stay motivated, avoid distractions, stay focused, and get more done!

  1. Choose a task to be accomplished.
  2. Set a timer for 25 minutes.
  3. Work on the task until the time is up.
  4. Take a 5-minute break.
  5. Repeat this 25/5 cycle four times, and then take a longer break at the end (15 to 30 mins)

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NEW! - Stress Management Consultations

Stress Management Consultations at the UHS Career Library are a 1-on-1 opportunity for you to share your experience as a UC Berkeley student and get help in managing stress by learning about resources aligned with your identity, values, and needs. These 30-minute consultation sessions are an opportunity to set wellness goals and to learn and get connected to UHS and campus resources. To sign up, visit

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Free Light Therapy Lamps at UHS

What is Light Therapy?

Light therapy is a safe and proven way to help treat:

  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), usually in the Fall or Winter seasons
  • Types of mild to moderate depression
  • Jet lag
  • Afternoon tiredness
  • Sleep issues
  • Adjusting to a nighttime schedules

How it works

During light therapy, you sit for 15-30 minutes near a lamp that gives off bright light that mimics natural outdoor light. Stop by the 2nd floor of UHS to use our free light therapy lamps! No appointment is needed.

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